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Wrapping up the 2018 Semi-Finals

Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 All Participants
Eurovision Young Musicians 2018 All Participants
Photo by: Helena Nilsson / EBU
Posted 19 August 2018 at 20:40

On Semi-Final day 2, we saw performances of Estonia, Belgium, Albania, Russia, Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Norway and Croatia. Just like yesterday’s Semi-Finals, Semi-Final 4, 5 and 6 were broadcast live from the Studio of the Festival Theatre in Edinburgh, as part of the Edinburgh International Festival.

Semi-Final 4: Estonia, Belgium & Albania

Day 2 of the Semi-Finals was kicked off by percussionist Tanel-Eiko Novikov from Estonia. He played the following works: Csaba Zoltán Marján's Niflheim, Kuusi Op. 75, No.5 by Jean Sibelius (arranged by Eriko Daimo) and Astor Piazzolla's Verano Porteño in an arrangement by Pius Cheung.
Belgium was second, with Alexandra Cooreman on the violin. She performed Violin Sonata No.4 Op.23, 1. movt; Presto by Ludwig Van Beethoven and Piotr Ilitch Tchaikovsky's Valse-Scherzo Op. 34.
Last one to go on stage during Semi-Final 4 was Albania's Klaudio Zoto. On the cello, he performed two works: Edvard Grieg's Cello Sonata and David Popper's Hungarian Rhapsody, Op. 68.

Semi-Final 5: Russia, Germany & Czech Republic

The first performer of this round was Russia's Ivan Bessonov, who played Sergei Rachmaninov's Prelude in G minor, op. 23 no. 5, Frederic Chopin's Mazurka in B-flat minor, op.24, No.4 and Fantaisie-Impromptu in C-sharp minor, op. 66, Barncleupedie by James MacMillan and Sergei Prokofiev's Suggestion diabolique (Satanic Apparition), Op. 4.
After Russia it was Germany's turn. Mira Foron took to the stage with her violin and played Tzigane, Rapsodie de Concert (1924) by Maurice Ravel and Cadenza, 1984, Lento, Vivace, Tempo I by Krzysztof Penderecki.
The Czech Republic’s participant Indi Stivín performed three of his own works: Bohemian Suite, 1st Movement “Celts”, Bohemian Suite, 2nd movement "Czech Country” and Bohemian Suite, 3rd Movement: Tarantella Praga.

Semi-Final 6: Sweden, Norway & Croatia

In the last Semi-Final of this year, Sweden was the first to perform. Johanna Ander Ljung played three works on the harp; William Mathias' Improvisations for Harp, Jean-Baptiste Loeillet's Allemande from Suite No.5 in F major and Marcel Tournier's Féerie: Prélude et danse.
After Sweden we saw neighbouring country Norway on stage, with cello player Birgitta Elisa Oftestad performing Cello Concerto no 1 Op. 107, 1. movement by Dmitri Shostakovich and Robert Schumann's Adagio and Allegro Op. 70.ap
Off to the Balkan for the last performance of the Semi-Finals: Croatia's Jan Tominić played 4 works on the saxophone: Jules Demersseman's Fantaisie sur un thème original, Jean Francaix' Cinq danses exotiques, I. Pambiche II. Baiao V. Merengue, Aria by Eugène Bozza and Scaramouche, 3. Brasileira by Darius Milhaud.

After Semi-Final 6, the Semi-Final Jury announced the 6 finalists of the 2018 Eurovision Young Musicians. Read HERE which participants were selected.

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